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Postgraduate Course: Doing Research on East Asia: Key Concepts, Approaches and Issues (ASST11127)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines key concepts and research methods employed within East Asian Studies to provide a foundation for study and academic research at the postgraduate level. Students will explore key theoretical concepts and their application within the field of East Asian Studies, enabling students to critically reflect on the development of research into East Asia. The course will also introduce key research skills and methods to prepare students to plan and develop their own major research project.
Course description This course serves as a general introduction to academic practice in Asian Studies at the postgraduate level. Students will examine how key theories and concepts have been applied to the study of East Asia. They will be familiarized with debates within the field of East Asian Studies and will be invited to critically reflect on the production and representation of knowledge of East Asia within academia. The course will also examine the relationship between research theory and research practice, introducing students to a range of methodological approaches to provide a foundation to engage in independent research.

The course is focused on a close and critical evaluation of key readings in East Asian Studies. Weekly readings and discussion questions will develop students' independent reading and reflection skills. Class discussions and the introduction of methodological approaches will also develop students' ability to conceptualize and articulate research questions. Substantial formative feedback will support the development of students' own research proposals based on engagement with the conceptual and methodological issues raised throughout the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 1000 word draft research proposal (0% - but formative feedback offered as a basis for final proposal) «br /»
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1 x 3000-word final research proposal (100%)
Feedback Feedback provided as part of class discussions and as formal written feedback on the draft research proposal.

Teaching staff will also hold office hours, enabling students to seek additional personal feedback on any issues that arise throughout the semester.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate a range of academic materials.
  2. Identify, describe, and assess different theories and concepts used when researching East Asian countries.
  3. Apply, interpret, and evaluate the practice of different research methods.
  4. Design and write a research proposal.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry: Problem solving; analytical thinking; critical thinking; knowledge integration and application; handling complexity and ambiguity. Personal and intellectual autonomy: Self-awareness and reflection; independent learning and development; creative and inventive thinking.
Personal effectiveness: Planning, organising and time management; assertiveness and confidence; flexibility.
Communication: Interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication.
KeywordsEast Asian Studies,Methods,Research Skills,East Asia,Critical Analysis,Theory,Politics,Culture
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